Moore v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., No. C 07-03850 SI, 2012 WL 669531 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 29, 2012)

Key Insight: Court granted in part defendant?s motion for sanctions and ordered an adverse inference where the court determined plaintiff had a duty to preserve and that the deliberate wiping of his hard drive was in bad faith but declined to impose monetary sanctions or dismissal where plaintiff?s actions were not found to be sufficiently egregious, where plaintiff was forthcoming about the spoliation and his reasons (to protect personal and privileged information contained on the work-issued laptop), and where defendant had a substantial amount of the deleted material on backup tapes, etc. because of its backup practices

Nature of Case: Employment litigation

Electronic Data Involved: ESI from laptop

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